Alcoholics Anonymous first appeared in 1935, 12-Step programs
have been helping people in trouble turn their lives around. Professionals
marvel at how effective these programs are in treating addicts
of all sorts. Even the most sophisticated treatment centers send
their patients to 12-step meetings to supplement the work they
do and to introduce them to an on-going source of support once
they leave the program. Very few deny the effectiveness of 12-step
in mind, a new 12-step program was started in the San Francisco
Bay Area for one of the fastest-growing populations of addicts—love
addicts. This new program is unceremoniously called Love Addicts
Anonymous—LAA for short. Those of us who attend LAA want
to get the word out. We want others to find help for a very painful
and dangerous disorder.
you know if you are a love addict and would benefit from LAA?
Ask yourself: Do you get totally swept away when you fall in love?
Are you needy, afraid of loneliness, get crushes on unavailable
people, or let fantasies take the place of real relationships?
Do you get stuck in relationships that aren’t going anywhere?
Do you panic at the thought of losing your partner? Will you say
anything, do anything, suffer anything to hold on to someone because
it is so painful to let go? Do you crave love but also run away
from it. If so, you may be a love addict.
now there are two LAA meetings in the San Francisco Bay Area—Oakland
and San Francisco. Others are starting up in Minneapolis, Houston,
Dallas, San Luis Obispo and Southern California. For more information
about LAA and love addiction, please see our website www.loveaddicts.org.
or send a letter to Susan P. at 13728 San Pablo Ave. #1010, San
Pablo, CA, 94806. For those new to the concept of 12-step programs
here is our Preamble and Statement of Purpose.
Love Addicts Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women whose
common purpose is to recover from our unhealthy dependency on
love as it plays out in our fantasies and relationships. There
are no dues or fees; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.
Our primary purpose is to recover from love addiction and offer
hope to those who still suffer.
California’s Premier Residential
Addiction Treatment Center with an addiction treatment program
that is customized for your specific needs
of Purpose: Love Addicts Anonymous was started to provide a safe
place where love addicts could come together and recover from
love addiction. In LAA we will share our experience, strength
and hope with each other. As a group, we will support each other
unconditionally. We will also read literature, share ideas, process
information and work the 12-steps of LAA as adapted from Alcoholics
Anonymous. Please be assured that no particular ideology will
be forced upon you. You can take what you need and leave the rest.
If you are a love addict, or think you might be, join us on our
journey toward putting love into perspective and establishing
healthy relationships with ourselves and others. Let us do together
what we cannot do alone.